The Real Bread Campaign, part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming,
is funded by the Big Lottery's Local Food programme and the Sheepdrove Trust.
...will return 10-16 May 2014
But that's no reason to stop giving some love to the Real Bread makers
We'd love to read about how your Real Bread Maker Week shenanigans went and see the photos.
If you'd like to share, please email them to realbread [at] sustainweb.org and we might just use them to help us show the world what enthusuastic people we have in our network and some of the great things you all get up to to support the rise of Real Bread.
To help the word spread further than the people we know already, it's also great to share on Facebook, Twitter and the like.
If you ran a fundraising event or activity during Real Bread Maker Week, please send what you raised to us by the end of May. You can do this in two ways:
We're planning to publish a roll of honour of all fundraisers. If you'd prefer your name not to appear on the list, please let us know.
Missed Real Bread Maker Week but still want to support our charity? Well you can make a donation here.
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Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009, Real Bread Maker Week is Britain’s biggest annual, national celebration of Real Bread and its makers.
Its aim is to encourage people to get baking Real Bread or buying it from independent bakeries to support their local communities.
This year, as well as raising awareness for Real Bread, we knead your help raising cash.
The Real Bread Campaign has great new plans to help people who, for one reason or another, have a tougher time than most of us enjoy the social, therapeutic and employment opportunities Real Bread making offers, but we need the dough to do it!
Can we count on your support?
See also: What is Real Bread?
We've been unable to find out who's behind National Bread Week in April or their aims. Still, it's a great opportunity to bake a loaf, take a Real Bread making class or support your local independent Real Bread bakery to get warmed up for Real Bread Maker Week.
‘The people of Britain need to be reminded that bread isn’t just something to keep your fingers dry when eating a sandwich.’ Andrew Wheeler, Eat Britain! 101 Great British Tastes
We love a good sandwich, us! Of course the fundamental prerequisite for a good sandwich is Real Bread An unusual filling is all well and good but if the slices betwixt it lies are laced with artificial additives, well...
The choice of Real Bread is up to you, be it white, wholemeal, granary or whatever takes your fancy; leavened with commercial yeast or sourdough starter; and baked by a professional or at home in the oven or bread machine.
It's time to seize sandwich supremacy by keeping it REAL!
Real Bread Maker Week might be over for another year but that's not reason to stop supporting YOUR local Real Bread Makers!
Celebrating Real Bread
Here are three ways you can kick the industrial loaf habit:
How will YOU be helping people to celebrate Real Bread Maker Week this year?
Whether you're a professional or amateur baker (or even a non-baker), there are plenty of ways to help other people in your local community enoy Real Bread and raise cash for the Campaign at the same time. Here are just a few ideas of events and activities.
You could organise a Real Bread:
Perhaps you could involve a community group such as your local:
If you are planning an event, please add details to our events calendar NOW!
Whatever you do during the week, be that raising money for the Campaign, helping to spread the word about the rise of Real Bread locally, supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery by buying a a loaf, teaching someone else to bake or simply making a loaf at home, please share the details!
Out in the virtual world, everyone can join the conversation at any time on Facebook and Campaign members can chat with each other in The Real Baker-e. The hashtag to use on Twitter is #RealBread and on Wednesday 15 May from 8-9pm UK time, #breadchat will allow you to hook up with bread lovers around the globe.
Want more ideas for Real Bread events, activities and fundraising?
Look no further than our FREE (though donations are very welcome!) short guide, which contains:
We have published two versions of this guide: click on the link below for more infomation and to download your PDF copy.
Here are just some of the people who let us knowtheir Real Bread Maker Week plans. Perhaps something here will make you think 'aha - now that's something I could do, too!'
For details of these and many, many more events throughout the year, please visit our calendar.
To find or add details of local Real Bread activities during the week and beyond, please visit our events calendar
You can also post photos and tales on the Real Bread Campaign Facebook wall.
Thanks to eveyone who bid and congratulations to the highest bidders.
The six fantastic lots we're kindly donated by the following lovely people:
Bread Matters: One day Real Bread masterclass with Campaign co-founder and author of Bread Matters, Andrew Whitley.
Hobbs House Bakery: One day Real Bread masterclass with Fabulous Baker Brother Tom Herbert at Hobbs House Bakery’s new cookery school.
Marriage’s: Three 16kg bags of flour (Chelmer White, Wholemeal Dark Rye and Wholemeal Spelt) ideal for the enthusiastic amateur or skilled professional Real Bread baker.
The Phoenix Bakery: One day Real Bread masterclass with regular River Cottage tutor Aidan Chapman at his own bakery.
The School of Artisan Food: One day Real Bread masterclass with How to Bake Bread author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.
Shipton Mill: ‘Meet the Miller'. An unique personal tour of Shipton Mill with owner John Lister to see stone flour milling in action.
The very nice people at Balcony Shirts have created an exclusive range of limited edition t-shirts for Real Bread lovers.
The shirts are available in male, female and child styles and, being very nice people, Balcony Shirts will donate £4 to the Campaign (£3 child sizes) for every one of these sold.
The shirts are priced at £12.50 (adult sizes) and £10 (child sizes) plus p&p
You can buy your shirt NOW only from balconyshirts.co.uk
We need your help to get everyone in the twitterverse and beyond supporting the Campaign buy buying their own Real Bread t-shirts.
Simply take a photo of you wearing yours in the most unusual place you can think of* and tweet it by 31 May with the following message:
Me in my @BalconyShirts @RealBread t-shirt: I want to win £150 of @BakeryBits! #realbreadcomp
Thanks to Campaign member Bakery Bits, our favourite will win a £150 voucher to spend on baking equipment and ingredients at their online artisan baking specialist site BakeryBits.co.uk
*Remember to stay safe, please people...
Ts & Cs
As the idea is to generate some interesting photos, the compatition asks you to wear your t-shirt somewhere UNUSUAL - your front room/kitchen just won't cut it...
Campaign member Doves Farm has just launched the online exclusive Real Bread Campaign Bundle. 'It's your chance to try some of our ancient grain flours which bake incredible bread.'
The bundle includes einkorn flour (1kg), Heritage flour (1kg), wholegrain spelt flour (1kg), strong wholemeal bread flour (1.5kg), Original Dry Yeast (125g) and a professional dough scraper/cutter.
Whether or not you got involved in Real Bread Maker Week, one of the best ways to support us (and help yourself at the same time) is to JOIN THE REAL BREAD CAMPAIGN.
Find out more and JOIN US TODAY here.
Here are just some of the special offers people made in support of Real Bread Maker Week.
For details of these and more offers, please visit our calendar.
As the Real Bread Campaign champions all-natural local loaves, It's no coincidence that Real Bread Maker Week coincides with National Mills Weekend.
Whether you're baking at home for yourself, or baking Real Bread for other people in your local community, there are many benefits to seeking out a local traditional flour mill. These include:
National Mills Weekend is run by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Many of the mills that are open to visitors are members of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild, and will be running activities to help you get the best out of making Real Bread with traditionally-milled stoneground flour.
The week is an opportunity for home bakers to share their recipes and tips with others around the country.
In late April, we'll add recipes donated especially for Real Bread Maker Week by expert Real Bread bakers Paul Barker, Aidan Chapman, Emmanuel Hadjiandreou and Tom Herbert.